What is Aloe Ferox? we are going to cover all you need to know about this fascinating medicinal plant. Aloe Ferox commonly known as “bitter aloe” is a species of flowering plant in the family Asphodelaceae. The name “ferox” means fierce in latin and refers to its spiky leaves.
The plant is indigenous to Southern Africa, it is also one of the several Aloe species used to make bitter aloes and also yields a non-bitter gel that is generally used in cosmetics.
The plant is generally found in Southern Africa from the Swellendam district in the Western Cape province through the Eastern Cape province (including Transkei and Ciskei), the southern part of Lesotho to the south of Kwazulu-Natal. It is also found in the south eastern corner of the Free State.
The gel from the leaves is used for treating skin conditions like burns, wounds, abrasions, and irritations. It also is used in scalp to promote hair growth and prevent dandruff. In South Africa, the gel is used to make a jam and as an ingredient in food and drinks. Dry leaves are used in making herbal tea and the flowers are sucked for their sweet nectar. The leaf ash is used as an insect repellent. Cape aloe is drought-tolerant. It is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.
Other species in the Aloe Family
- Aloe albida (Grass Aloe)
- Aloe Brevifolia
- Aloe dichotoma (Kokerboom, Quiver tree)
- Aloe pillansii (False Quiver Tree)
- Aloe plicatilis (Fan Aloe)
- Aloe vossii
Uses of Aloe Ferox in cosmetics products
Aloe Ferox is commonly used in skincare to treat inflammation, which makes it excellent for sunburn, irritated skin conditions and blemished skin. Adding to its anti-inflammatory properties, it also contains antioxidants, acts as an analgesic and a detoxicant, and has antiviral and antimicrobial properties!
Benefits in Cosmetics products
- Improves the elasticity of the skin, which helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
- Reduces excessive dryness and oiliness of the skin.
- Helps to keep skin hydrated.
- Reduces the sensitivity of the skin, helps to soothe irritation and reduce inflammation of the skin.
- Improves skin texture.
Dermacell Aloe Based Products
Dermacell’s locally made products contain concentrated Aloe Ferox sap. Our products are proudly made in South Africa for African skin conditions.
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